Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

A quick and easy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie to impress your friends and family. And it takes less than 10 minutes to make! Recipe with step-by-step photos.

chocolate chip skillet cookie with vanilla ice-cream

This is what I make when I want to impress my kids and their friends. Hands down, every time, this skillet cookie gives maximum wow factor. And it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

A skillet cookie is, essentially, a giant cookie baked in a cast-iron pan (aka “skillet”). The cookie is generally baked until it is soft set, which makes it the perfect pairing to vanilla ice-cream (think: chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream … yum!).

A skillet cookie is one of the easiest desserts to whip up at a moment’s notice (no specialty ingredients required), and especially when you might have a household full of kids to feed.

chocolate chip skillet cookie with scoops of vanilla ice-cream

This skillet cookie recipe is adapted from the always-inspiring Nigella Lawson. Her recipe is actually for individual pots of chocolate chip cookies, which my kids are a big fan of. I love the individual pots too, because there is a higher crust-to-gooey cookie ratio.

However, one evening when I served the individual chocolate chip cookie dough pots to my childrens’ friends, one of them “burnt” their hands on the ramekin (my kids have been trained from early on to avoid this). There was much crying at the dining table and, being a former litigation lawyer, I no longer make the individual pots when we have little guests. Maybe when they’re old enough to sign a waiver 😉

Hence, I took inspiration from many American bloggers on Pinterest and adapted Nigella’s recipe to use a cast-iron skillet and haven’t looked back.

If you don’t own a cast-iron skillet, a round ceramic baking dish or pie dish also works well and looks very elegant at the table.

chocolate chip skillet cookie with three scoops of ice-cream

Step 1

The cookie dough takes mere minutes to whip up, even less time if you have an electric stand mixer.

Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, then beat in the dry ingredients.

Lastly, fold through the chocolate chips. My family and I like to use dark chocolate chips, but if we have little guests and I am unsure of how sophisticated their taste buds might be, I opt for milk chocolate chips.

cookie batter for chocolate chip skillet cookie in white mixing bowl

Step 2

Transfer the cookie dough to a cast-iron skillet and use a spatula to evenly spread the dough.

I use a cast-iron skillet which measures 24 cm/9.5 inches at the base. Alternatively, you could also use a ceramic pie dish with similar dimensions.

raw chocolate chip cookie batter in skillet

Step 3

Bake the skillet cookie for 15-20 minutes, or until it is lightly golden and the surface is still soft to the touch, which would indicate that the cookie will be soft and pudding-like.

If you prefer a more firm cookie, bake it for a bit longer.

Serve immediately or warm.

baked chocolate chip skillet cookie in white pan

Vanilla ice-cream is the best accompaniment to this Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie.

I happen to like the sharp contrast of eating cold, cold ice-cream with a slice of warm cookie, but my kids prefer to eat them separately (kids tend to have a habit of eating things separately, no?).

skillet cookie with vanilla ice-cream

If you are looking for more cookie recipes, you might also like:

Chocolate Chip Sablé Cookies

Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

A quick and easy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie to impress your friends and family. And it takes less than 10 minutes to make! Recipe with step-by-step photos.

  • Author: Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

To serve

  • vanilla ice-cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F (without fan).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla and egg.
  4. Add the flour, salt and baking soda.
  5. Beat until you have a thick and smooth dough.
  6. Stir through the chocolate chips.
  7. Transfer the cookie dough to a cast-iron skillet. I use one which measures 24 cm/9.5 inches at the base, but please see my Kitchen Notes below.
  8. Use a spatula to evenly spread the dough in the pan.
  9. Place the skillet on the middle shelf in the oven.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookie is lightly golden and the surface is still a little soft to the touch.
  11. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream.

Kitchen Notes

USING A PIE DISH
If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, you can also use a ceramic pie dish. I recommend one that measures 24 cm at the base. If you are using something smaller, you will need to adjust the baking time.

RECIPE CREDIT
This recipe is adapted from Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson.

OVEN TEMPERATURES
All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

CONVERSIONS
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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